RMC Product Reviews
Reviews of great new products for the scale model railroader, presented by the staff Railroad Model Craftsman staff and updated monthly. To have your products considered for review, please send samples to:
Railroad Model Craftsman
Attn: Harry K. Wong
San Francisco, CA 94116
April 18, 2018
Southern Pacific modelers are in for a real treat with this locomotive. With its road-specifc features, Athearn’s rendition of the SP EMD SD39 really captures all the subtle nuances of this signature Espee locomotive.
March 11, 2018
A recent limited release from Moloco Trains provides a pair of highly accurate examples of Santa Fe’s Bx-97 boxcar. Each road number produced by Moloco includes its own road number-specific details and decoration.
January 31, 2018
The overall quality of fit and finish displayed by our sample Penn Central X58 boxcar from Tangent Scale Models was outstanding and void of any paint anomalies or lettering errors. The same goes for operation.
January 9, 2018
If you are a mid 1960s or later era HO scale modeler, your going to quickly fall in love with the new WalthersProto Phase II GP35. No disappointments here to speak of; it’s simply just the model us second generation diesel fans have been waiting for all these years.
December 14, 2017
While not the first rendering of the venerable EMD SD40-2 in HO, this attempt by ScaleTrains promises to be the last word on the prototype, eventually encompassing all the major and minor production phase changes of this popular diesel, as well as road-specific details.
November 29, 2017
O gauge, in general, is still one of the best size trains with which to introduce a potential rookie to model railroading. Both the size and rugged qualities of these traditional trains and tracks lend themselves well to the youngest of potential rail barons while, admittedly, the tech incorporated into the newest 3-rail starter sets provide an appealing multi-sensory experience to which the latest generation has already become so accustomed.
October 18, 2017
Rapido has captured the look of the Phase 1b SP-10 on the day it entered service, complete with pilots (panels to enclose the space beneath the couplers are included along with a bag of other assorted detail parts for modeler installation as desired), the train indicator boards, and even the Nathan 3-chime air horns.
September 5, 2017
The new InterMountain Railway Co. N-scale SD40-2 diesel is a good looking model. InterMountain has taken the time to try to get details on these models right.
August 10, 2017
Southern Pacific modelers and collectors of interesting rolling stock will find these new HO scale brass imports from Albrae Models ideal.
July 13, 2017
With the addition of the ACS-64 to Kato’s already impressive list of 1:160 scale Amtrak equipment, the passenger train-oriented N-scaler can easily keep pace with the ever-changing rail industry.